Aneta GRZESZYKOWSKA | All Times Reinterpretations (Issue 52)

Poland, 1974, Most Notable Work – Untitled Film Stills – Iranian Film Stills – Untitled Film Still – Postmodern. Also see; Cindy Sherman – Thomas Ruff

The Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska produces sculptures, films and installation works, as well as photographs portraying her.
Besides the convenience offered by digital technology (such as Photoshop), the artist also produces works without being hooked up to the technique. Aneta thinks the technique won’t change the main concept. She believes that digital facilities should serve the concept, work or subject. For example, in the project titled “Album” (2005), she removed her own figure out of the more than 200 family photos in the archive with the help of Photoshop, providing a peculiar photographic autobiography that makes people curious about the absence of the protagonist (being non-existent). In this work, Grzeszykowska sheds light on the past of her own private life and her family’s private life. She is playing with the mechanics of remembering and forgetting.
In the series Untitled (Photographs) (2005-06), the artist was impressed and inspired by the portrait series taken by German photographer Thomas Ruff from 1980 to 1990; as in the series “Album”, “identity” is the main element of the photos, but this time the “identity” is completely fictitious. 15 people in the series were unexpectedly created entirely by digital manipulation. One of Grzeszykowska’s most remarkable works is Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” inspired by the famous series in the ’70s and edited in Warsaw. Seventy works produced by Aneta were taken from the original works as compositions and the stage and dresses were prepared in a more regional and more modern style. In contrast to Sherman’s black and white photographs, Aneta’s photographs are in color.
Aneta’s “Iranian Film Stills” is a series of 74 photographs taken when she was in Iran in 2015. In this work, you can find similarities to Sherman’s iconic work “Untitled Film Stills”, but this time there is also the culture of the country and sections from modern Iran. Another striking element in the series is that Aneta caught a beautiful line between Islamic clothes and cinematic costumes.